One of the most eagerly anticipated lounge openings at Singapore Changi Airport in 2019 was the Qantas Singapore First Lounge, the airline’s only such facility in Asia. We attended the launch event in early December 2019, which included an opening ceremony and a guided tour of the brand new space.
Obviously we can’t review a lounge during an opening event, where everything will essentially be perfect, so we returned later in the month to check out the experience from a passenger perspective.
Opening Times: 2.30pm to midnight
Multi-standard Power Sockets: Yes
USB Charging Sockets: Yes
Wireless Charging: No
Dress Code: None
This lounge is available to passengers flying on a Qantas or Emirates flight, or on a oneworld member operated flight:
- in First Class; or
- in Business Class, Premium Economy or Economy Class and holding Qantas Platinum One or Platinum status, Emirates Platinum Skywards status* or oneworld Emerald status**.
* Qantas or Emirates flights only
** Qantas or oneworld flights only
This lounge is also available to passengers flying on a Jetstar flight (coded JQ, 3K or BL):
- holding Qantas Platinum One or Platinum status.
This lounge is also available to passengers flying on Air France or KLM:
- in First Class (Air France); or
- in Business Class, Premium Economy or Economy Class and holding Qantas Platinum One or Platinum status, when flying on a QF codeshare flight number (QF4221 to Paris, QF4234 to Bali and QF4235 to Amsterdam at the time of writing).
The guest entitlement for this lounge depends on how you (as a passenger) gained entry under the rules listed above.
Passengers flying Qantas or Emirates First Class can invite one guest to join them in the lounge. The guest does not need to be travelling in this case. In reality, to access the transit area at Changi your guest will need to be either departing or arriving on a flight.
Passengers flying oneworld First Class (for example on British Airways to Sydney) can invite one guest to join them in the lounge. The guest must be travelling on a oneworld operated flight in this case (for example on Finnair in Economy Class to Helsinki).
Passengers using this lounge on the basis of their Qantas Frequent Flyer status can bring one guest into the lounge with them. The guest must be travelling:
- on a QF or oneworld operated flight, if the member is flying Qantas or oneworld; or
- on the same flight as the member, if the member is flying Emirates or Jetstar.
Passengers using this lounge on the basis of their oneworld status can bring one guest into the lounge with them. The guest must be travelling on a oneworld operated flight.
Passengers using this lounge on the basis of their Emirates Skywards status can bring one guest into the lounge with them. The guest must be travelling on the same flight as the member.
Those used to making a left turn after immigration to reach the Qantas Singapore Business Lounge will now need to rewire and remember to turn right instead, as the Qantas Singapore First Lounge is located towards the ‘D’ gates.
After turning right from immigration, take the first escalator you reach on the left side. The Qantas First and dnata lounges are signposted here.
At the top of the escalator turn right, and you’ll find the entrance before you reach the dnata lounge.
If you’re already in the transit area, for example on a connecting flight or having passed through immigration in another terminal, the lounge is a short walk from the D gates (and the transit SkyTrain from T2), but a slightly longer walk from the C gates (and the transit SkyTrain from T3).
If your flight is departing from a C gate you may need to allow a few more minutes walking time to account for the lounge location. If you’re heading off from a D gate however, you’re all set for a quick getaway.
That said, the difference between this lounge and the Qantas Singapore Business Lounge is only about 5 minutes to any gate in Terminal 1.
On this trip, Eddie was flying First Class on the evening Qantas QF36 Airbus A380 flight to Melbourne. I, on the other hand, didn’t have to be anywhere and wasn’t planning to travel that day at all.
However, given that Eddie had guesting privileges, I booked a flight to Kuala Lumpur so that I could join him in the lounge and assist with the review (and the Champagne and food tasting!).
Due to the strict requirements at Changi to not misuse a boarding card (i.e. access the transit area when having no intention to travel), I bid Eddie farewell and then flew to KL and back again the same evening.
Here’s our short video walkthrough of the lounge, including some key highlights such as the shower suites and dining experience.
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A quartet of ‘orb’ lights linked by a brass fitting hang over the two welcome podiums, themselves in wood with brass-coloured mirror panelling.
Already the modern decor of industrial designer David Caon, common to the airline’s nearby Business Lounge, becomes apparent. White marble walls and flooring, offset with green plants, welcome you into the space.
The 1,000 sq m lounge is laid out in a long rectangular format, with a central corridor running from the reception linking the various sections all the way through to the far dining area at the very back.
That’s not unlike the setup at Cathay’s The Pier First Class lounge in Hong Kong, albeit less enclosed in this case.
The restrooms and shower suites are on the left immediately after entering, while the right side houses the lounge seating.
The first lounge section on the right side is the main seating area, with a variety of options including semi-private solo seats, couches and leather armchairs.
There are also some large flat-screen TVs if you’re looking to catch up on some news or sport.
Other design features that become immediately obvious here are the plush carpet and well considered lighting, neither of which would go out of place in a private apartment.
Tucked away at the back, in close proximity to the lounge entrance, is a relaxation corner featuring a large banquette sofa.
This includes one of the selling points of this lounge – the artificial skylight.
When we first read about this feature we concluded it sounded like a gimmick, but my goodness we were wrong. It’s remarkably realistic and really does give the impression that the sun is beaming natural light into the space.
The skylights are designed to assist those flying between distant time zones to acclimatise more easily, a particularly prevalent issue for those flying all the way from Australia to London or vice versa.